Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Who hasn’t dreamt about being rich or having that ultra-rich best friend?  In Kevin Kwan’s novel, Crazy Rich Asians, he introduces us to a beyond comprehension rich lifestyle.  An example from the prologue:  the manager at a London hotel treated a family of traveling women and children disgracefully.  He removed their reservation and asked them to leave because they looked like drowned rats.  The problem was solved within an hour when the matriarch’s husband simply purchased the historic hotel.

The book was little slow at times but the extravagance described was unbelievable.  $40 million for a wedding and reception???  Kwan adds little footnotes that give explanations concerning slang, unusual foods and cultural oddities.  I may have to pick up the next book in the series!

The card I made needs little explanation as to why I made it.  It showcases the new Stampin’ Up set Bubbles & Bubbly.  I ordered this stamp set planning to make lotion/bubble bath gifts for friends and relatives.

Bubbles & Bubbly - Pamper Yourself - K's Kards - Kristin Willberg - Stampin' Up

Here’s how it goes down:  the base is Whisper White cardstock that is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 and scored at 4-1/4.  I cut a piece of Gold Glimmer paper to 5-1/2 x 4-1/4.  Then I placed it on its diagonal in the trimmer to make two triangles.  I used SNAIL adhesive to attach this in place.

I used the the bathtub stamp from Bubbles & Bubbly along with “Pamper Yourself”.  Both of those were stamped on Whisper White cardstock with black Memento ink.  I used water colors to color and then went over the coloring with an aqua painter.  The bubbles ended up a little espresso tinted so I went over them with Wink of Stella glitter.  I then fussy cut out the bathtub.  I put dimensionals on the bathtub AND then liquid glue on the dimensionals.  I have found that dimensionals don’t stick very well to glimmer paper, hence the additional glue.

The banner papers are 1 x 3 to 3-1/2. The banner punch was used on the end of the Whisper White sentiment and on a piece of glimmer paper.  I then used some retired gold glitter glue for a little sparkle with the sentiment.  This glue needs to dry for a LOOONG time, so be careful about “checking” it.    I used liquid glue to attach them together and then SNAIL adhesive to attach to card front.

I think that when I win the Mega-Millions or Powerball jackpot, I will recreate this card using real gold leaf and diamond flakes.  It may even have a picture of me in that bubbly bathtub!

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer

“Off with their heads!” is a line you may recognize having been uttered by the Queen of Hearts in the book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.  Have you ever wondered why she says that?  How she became the Queen of Hearts?  Probably not.

In Heartless, Marissa Meyer gives the “behind-the-scenes” story of Catherine.  Her lost love, her life-changing choices and her angry demeanor all came about with reasons.  I really enjoyed all the characters in the book and some of the allusions to other works of literature.  Meyer made the Queen a person we can care about.

The card I created includes lots of hearts (really!) and a saying from the new Sunny Days stamp set.  “You can do the hard things” is a message to the Queen of Hearts to remind her that her choices led to her circumstances but that she will survive.

Sunny Days - Happy Heart - Owl Punch - K's Kards - Kristin Willberg - Stampin' Up

The base of the card is Whisper White cut into a 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 piece.  Then I scored at 4-1/4.  The white paper with red hearts is from a retired designer series paper pack.  I cut the 6×6 piece into a 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 piece to cover the entire front of the card.  The Real Red paper is 5 x 3-3/4.  I used the Happy Hearts embossing folder to add some texture to the card.

I stamped the sentiment in Real Red on a piece of Whisper White scrap paper.  I trimmed it down to fit the size of the sentiment.  I punched three hearts using the owl builder punch.  It is retired but I located one on ebay.  It makes great owls and penguins.  I found some heart-shaped rhinestones at JoAnn Fabrics that I used to add some bling (queens like bling!).  I then attached the banner with dimensionals to give it some depth.

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Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas

My mother is a superb crafter.  My earliest memories are of her at a sewing machine or clicking knitting needles.  Her current passions are quilting, crocheting dish cloths, sewing flannel diapers and stamping.  The Persian Pickle Club reminded me somewhat of her, at least the quilting portion!

The book takes place in the 1930s during the Depression.  A group of women gather at each other’s homes to share scraps and quilt.  A city-fied newcomer joins the club and upsets the balance with some new ideas during a murder investigation.  I thought the story moved a little slow but I enjoyed the quirky characters.

The cards I made are inspired by the Crazy Quilts that the Persian Pickle Club created.  A crazy quilt is made up of scraps of fabric sewn into squares.  A person could design whatever pattern they wanted.  Here are my crazy quilts:

garden-impressions-party-pants-ks-kards-kristin-willberg-stampin-up.jpegI started with Flirty Flamingo cardstock.  I wanted to make 4×4 notecards so I cut the cardstock to 4″ x 8″ and creased at 4″.  I then used my favorite DSP paper–Garden Impressions.  I LOVE the colors and patterns, they are so me!  I started just cutting the paper into various sizes with different angles.  Then I played “put the puzzle together” by putting different papers together to make the quilt.  Don’t forget that each paper has a super-awesome pattern on the back!  Some of the papers were layered because I didn’t have the exact size cut.

The sentiment is from the retired stamp set “Party Pants”.  It was placed on a 2″ circle made with the circle punch.  I used a dimensional to adhere the circle giving it a little depth.

Keep stitching those papers while you knit yourself a fancy card.  I’ll see you soon!

Here are the tools I used to create my notecards:

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Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

This is my all-time favorite animal book.  I’ve read it about one-hundred times and I always cry at the end.  The book tells the story of a boy who buys two Redbone Coonhound pups, trains them and … (I can’t tell anymore, you have to read it!).  I don’t think myself or my kids would have the patience and persistence of Billy.  My card today gives away some of the ending, but I really want to send this card to the Colman family.

D is for Dog - Fresh Fig - Pet sympathy - K's Kards - Kristin Willberg - Stampin' Up!

The base is a Whisper White note card (it comes in a pack WITH the envelopes).  I used Smoky Slate paper cut to 4 1/2″ x 3 1/4″.  I used Fresh Fig ink to stamp the paw prints.  The paw came from a retired stamp set that I purchased on eBay.  I had searched for Stampin’ Up pet sympathy cards on Pinterest to find some stamp set suggestions.

The circle was cut from Smoky Slate paper using the 2″ circle punch.  The saying was stamped in the Fresh Fig color.  I used some white bakers twine to give it a verve then attached the circle with dimensionals to create depth.

I left the inside blank so that it could be personalized.

Hopefully, this card makes you “yowl” with joy and not “whimper” in sadness.  I have another card/book coming soon so until then–“RUUUFFF”!

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The Child by Fiona Barton

This book was not one of my favorites.  It is a mystery that centers around four women:  a reporter, a mother whose baby was abducted twenty+ years ago, a very broken young woman, and a selfish, love-starved older woman.  The remains of a baby are found on a construction site and the four women’s lives intersect.  My biggest complaints were that the characters are not likable and there were few happenings until the end.  It was a book that made me want to quit it at page 10, at page 30, at page 50, etc…  Unfortunately, I have a hard time quitting books.

The card I chose to make hints at the mystery and possibilities using the childhood card game of Concentration.  I made a birthday card with flaps that a person could open and try to find the matching saying.  The hardest part was figuring out the cuts for the openings.  My brain still hurts!

This is a 5″x7″ card (to make more room for the flaps and sayings) so the Blackberry Bliss base measures 10″x7″ with a score at 5″.  The DSP is a retired pattern because it was the only one I had that was 12″x12″.  I cut it to 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″.  The same with the Lemon-Lime paper.

Using my paper trimmer, I cut the flaps.  With the short side at the top of the trimmer and the far left side at 4″, I punctured and cut from 3/4″ to 1-3/4″ then 2-3/4″ to 3-3/4″ then 4-3/4″ to 5-3/4″.  This means each flap will measure one inch long and 1-1/2 inches wide.

The next set of cuts is made at 2-1/2″.  I used the same punctures and cuts as the first time.  The next set of cuts is made at 2″ because there is 1/2″ between the two sets of flaps.  The final set of cuts is made at 1/2″.  I used some washi tape to hold down the card so it wouldn’t slide while I was puncturing and cutting.

I flipped the paper to the long side and started at 5-3/4″.  Punctures and cuts were made from 1/2″ to 2″ and 2-1/2″ to 4″.  Slide the paper to 3-3/4″ and finally 1-3/4″.  I had to push out the cuts a little where they weren’t exactly perfect.  Using a bone folder, I opened the flap and made a crisp fold.  Then I bent a little corner and used the folder again.

I glued the DSP onto the Lemon-Lime cardstock.  I stamped the saying AFTER I glued because I didn’t want to spend the time trying to line things up and then glue.  I then attached the this piece to the Blackberry Bliss cardstock.  The sayings I used were from a variety of stamp sets.  Two of them are retired and the other is from Jars of Love.  I just looked for sentiments that would fit in the 1″ wide by 1-1/2″ high boxes.

I am planning to ‘flap’ open another book and ‘concentrate’ on another card, so see you soon!

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

Sometimes we try too hard to be perfect.   We try to be perfect at our jobs, at parenting, at keeping our house clean (definitely not me!), cooking meals and at our crafting.  I’m here to tell you that it’s okay if your lines don’t touch or the ink doesn’t perfectly match the paper.  It is also okay to take chances with your stamping.  Trying a new method or pattern doesn’t usually mean perfection.   I created the following cards for the five girl graduates I have this year.  I tried something a little different with each one and they are far from perfect but that also describes the girls:  they are all individuals.

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All the cards were stamped on whisper white or very vanilla card stock.

A.  On card A, I stamped “Congratulations” randomly on the background.  I used two of the label-punch labels, one in garden green and the other in very vanilla.  I cut the back one in half to frame the written label.

B.  This card uses two papers from the Garden Impressions 6×6 collection.  I used the banner punch to trim the bottom.

C.  Because the flowers weren’t as large on this card, I made a background using the “To the graduate” stamp.  I also added the flower stamp to the skirt.

D.  This card uses some twine to give it a different look.  The twine is a little hard to work with because it is pokey and doesn’t like to stick to the anything “gluey”.

E.  I glammed this card up using gold glitter glue.  I made little dots that take quite some time to dry (learned from experience!).

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Mercy Snow by Tiffany Baker

I recently read Mercy Snow by Tiffany Baker.  It is a mystery story that takes place in a small lumber town in the New England area.  The book had so many layers:  the mystery of who caused a fatal bus accident, the history of the lumber business, family dysfunction, and a little bit of supernatural.  I thoroughly enjoyed the book, but the ending made me say “Whaaat!”

Here’s the card I made that was inspired by the book.  It focuses on the Waterfront stamp set.

Waterfront - Woodland Embossing Folder - Kristin Willberg - K's Kards - Stampin' Up!

I wanted to symbolize the multiple layers of the book.  To do this, I used a 6×6 piece of Whisper White paper and embossed the trees using the Woodland embossing folder.  I then stamped the river from Waterfront in Night of Navy and Blue Bayou.  The trees were stamped in Garden Green and Old Olive.  I used the stamping daubers to add a little Old Olive and Blue Bayou to the scenery.  I think it highlights the embossing.

The base layer is Garden Green card stock with Garden Green pine trees randomly situated.  The gray layer is Basic Gray card stock and ink.  I used a retired punch to punch out the sentiment from Waterfront.  I used some decorative brads to add a little “oomph” to the label.  The label has also been embossed (it was a scrap).

I am planning to “saw’ through another book and “chop” down a few more cards.  See you soon!

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